Via GadsdenTimes.com, I noticed that Etowah County has put property parcels online. I visited the site to see if I could figure out who owns the lot of trees across from our house. I couldn’t, but I did notice that whoever was in charge of putting the parcels online used Papyrus as the font choice.
My guess is that the person responsible for getting the parcels online doesn’t know much about choosing fonts. Maybe they thought Papyrus was pretty. I do. I don’t hate on Papyrus the way I do Comic Sans.
I Tweeted about the Papyrus find when I saw it, thus opening the following dialogue with Liz:
woodlayson@DameCatoe Oh, everyone has a Papyrus phase in the youth of our aesthetic development.
DameCatoe@woodlayson I got nothing against a good Papyrus. But you gotta use it right!
woodlayson@DameCatoe I dunno, it’s kind of dated now. I think it’s damaged goods.
DameCatoe@woodlayson Sounds like a challenge!
woodlayson@DameCatoe Consider the gauntlet thrown.
So I had to make a design where Papyrus is a good choice. I thought about a recent conversation where there was a suggestion to have a tiki-themed birthday party where all the foods would be on sticks. The invitation to such a party is above and features none other than the lovely Papyrus font, in an environment where it blends.
I absolutely love a well-chosen font. Typography conveys so much, but it’s the kind of thing the viewer often takes for granted. You may not notice the “right” font the way you would a “wrong” one because a well-chosen font does not stand out. It blends in to the design, becomes a part of it.